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Greetings church family,
You know I’ve been looking around lately and there sure seem to be a lot of people walking around with gloomy faces. I don’t know what it is in everyone’s case. Some are probably just wishing there was more sunshine while others might be wishing for snow. I do know, however, that for some it is something much more sinister that has them feeling gloomy. When I hear of people who feel like there is a dark pit I cannot help but think of a song by the band Avalon. The title of the song is, “You Were There” and if you haven’t heard it, you should go out and listen to it. The entire song really speaks to me in a special way but there is one part in particular that is always really impactful to me. It says,
“So haven’t I learned that my ways
Aren’t as high as Yours are
And You alone keep the universe
From crumbling into dust
You are God and though we would
Not have understood You
There You were
Hanging blameless on a cross
You would rather die than leave us in the dark
Every moment, every planned coincidence
Just all makes sense
With Your last breath
You were there, You were there
During history’s darkest hour.”
It reminds me that I can be hardheaded and miss the point. It reminds me that I don’t know as much as God and I don’t need to. It reminds me that He indeed does have the universe in His hands. It reminds me that I am nothing but dust as is everything around me. It reminds me that even though it did not make sense, God Himself came down in the form of Jesus and died on the cross. It reminds me that every coincidence is indeed planned. It reminds me that everything makes more sense in the light of the cross of Calvary.
If God was there during history’s darkest hour, don’t you think he can be there for you in your darkest hour? If God brought His Son back to life don’t you think He can bring you back to the joy? Let me tell you, this song reminds me that God is big enough to help me with everything from final exams and quadratic equations to tears, fears and pain. It really puts things in perspective for me. In the light of the cross, in the light of eternity, the darkness of this world does not seem so dark. So if you are one of those people who have been feeling a bit gloomy, I pray that you have something that can help you see the Light that chases away all darkness, the Son that chases away the clouds. If not, try listening to this song and maybe it can help you the way it helps me.
Blessings to you and yours,
Pastor Juan Fresse
Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing good, or going beyond expectations.
Shout out to Stanley Kirk and Tom Kramer for changing out some of our lights. Thank you, Stan and Tom!
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Juan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “Hero of Faith.”
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
Family Resource Network –Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Needs: washer and dryer, refrigerator or freezer, dining room table, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
February 18, 6:00 pm, join us for the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra fundraiser dinner at Sunnyside Church in the Fireside Room immediately following the regular winter concert. Tickets are $30 per person. It will be hosted by our own Andre Wang, and music will be provided by oboist Fred Korman and pianist Rob Fishel. Visit sunnysidesymphony.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Come and support your Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra!
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA Day & Parent Night is February 6:
This is such a great way to encourage any of your public school or homeschool families to seek out Adventist education for those tender high school years. If taking a full day to attend isn’t possible, we offer personal tours and shadow days. http://paasda.org/news/february-6-paa-day-parent-night/.
Portland Adventist Academy Constituency Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm at the academy.
Area Events and Announcements
January 14-February 4: ABC January Clearance.
Download flyer at ABCflyer.com.
Sunday, February 11, 11:30 am: Take Heart Ministry.
The sixth annual Valentine Luncheon and Program for widows, women alone, divorced, alone, hurting, and for all other women willing to come in support of those of us who are. There will be a catered lunch, music, and a special program, so go to takehearetministry.info or call Tawny Sportsman, 541-367-4913 to register – $25 each. It’s a great time to practice friendship evangelism and bring someone that could use a boost. Don’t let money be the reason you’re not there – contact your church and ask if they will help you attend. This event is open to everyone.
Event Location: Salem Convention Center
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm. Are you an Andrews University alum? Or are you a student considering attending Andrews University? Join us for a complimentary dinner at our Portland regional event at The Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, Oregon, 97015. Network with Andrews alums, enjoy a delicious meal and hear the latest news from Andrews University. Reserve your spot (it’s free!) at alumni.andrews.edu/rsvp or by contacting us at (269) 471-3591, email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, March 4, 4:00 pm: Nedley Lifestyle Program.
A free information session will be conducted on a program that will assist in achieving optimal emotional and mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression and anxiety or simply want to learn how to deal with the northwest blues and feel good again, you will find something of value. For more information call 503-496-7145.
Event Location: Lents Activity Center.
October 15-26, 2018. Bible Exploration Tour – Israel and Jordan.
Explore Israel and Jordan with Alexander (Sasha) Bolotnikov, who has been leading Bible Exploration tours for 20 years. Born in Communist USSR Dr. Bolotnikov is a specialist in the Old Testament and Judaic studies. His tours have a unique flavor. You will be immersed not only in the world of the Old and New Testament but will also have a first-hand experience in reaching the Jewish and Middle Eastern culture and heritage. The tour starts on October 14 and ends October 26, 2018. The price is $1950 (excluding airfare). For the brochure, please contact Bob Glass at 541-261-2381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving to the area in June, looking for 1000-1500 sq ft house to rent. If you have one available or know of one please contact the church office, info@SunnysideAdventist.org.
The Oregon Conference Legal, Planned Giving and Trust Services Department is hiring a full-time administrative assistant. For the job description, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home